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Mercer Global Pension Buyout Index

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The Mercer Global Pension Buyout Index allows you to monitor the general trend in the pricing of pension annuity transactions in the US, the UK, Ireland and Canada. Mercer uses up-to-date pricing information from each of the four countries to estimate the cost of insuring a sample plan’s current retirees as a percentage of the equivalent estimated accounting liability in each country. The information contained in this report is not based on information specific to your circumstances and approximations have been used. Past experience is no guarantee of future pricing and experience may vary for your plan.

The chart shows the cost of estimated annuity prices from insurers as a percentage of accounting liability in each of the four countries. For example, where a line is at the 113% level, this means that Mercer expects the average cost of a pension annuity transaction to be broadly 13% higher than the equivalent accounting liabilities.

The Mercer Global Pension Buyout Index line shows the average cost of pension annuity transactions as a percentage of accounting liability across the four locations and draws upon information such as each country’s market size.

To produce the estimates, pension liability has been measured according to local standards in each country. As an example, the cost of insuring pension liabilities in the UK is higher than in the US (relative to accounting liabilities) because UK pension liabilities are normally indexed for inflation which increases the liability durations and because insurance companies charge an additional premium to take on inflation risk.

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To view information on the index for each geography visit the relevant website using the links below:

View US Index >>

Sean Brennan

+1 212 345 1329

View UK Index >>

 David Ellis

+44 113 394 7591

View Canada Index >>

 Hrvoje Lakota

+1 416 868 2125

View Ireland Index >>

Sean O’Donovan

+353 1411 8360

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